Friday, July 12, 2013

Etc, Etc, Etc...

Anyone know what movie that's from???  lol  One of my favorites!

I have a little bit to catch up on. We've had 2 birthdays, Independence Day, Twilight Camp, Girls' Camp, new Jessica Sprague classes, and I'm trying to get my photography business set up. So not a whole lot of downtime for us! I guess I should say 3 birthdays but mine stopped counting a year or two ago. ;)

This is birthday boy number 1! (yikes! He's looking a little shaggy...didn't realize it was that bad!)

and birthday boy number 2...

One of these days we'll have their birthday party!  We had a quick surprise party for Caden on his birthday...kind of a very last minute as in called some friends a few hours before party. It was fun though once Caden got used to the idea. He actually kind of freaked out since he wasn't expecting it. And Brannon had taken him on a walk to get a snow cone to get him out of the house while everyone else was showing up. He got hot so eating all of that sugar made him sick. When he saw everyone, it was just too much for him to handle and took him about an hour for him to adjust. surprise parties for him in the future!

Colton's birthday was during Twilight Camp so we couldn't do anything like that for him. He did remind us that we owed him a snow cone for his birthday so Brannon had to take him. lol  He gets to be baptized too as soon as we can find a date that works for everyone involved (including scheduling the building...that's getting to be a pain). We'll get there!  At this rate it may be August!! uggghhh...

For the 4th of July I did get to get out and get some fireworks pictures. They aren't the best but they are sooo much better than ones I've done in the past!  I wish we had been closer so I could have used my better lens (85mm with infinity focus) but my 75-300mm did ok.

Nighttime photography is soooo not my forte!  It's still fun to play with though. :)

And now on to new classes!  Brushabilities version 2 started today. If you've ever wondered how the brush tool works in Photoshop/Elements, this is the class for you! It is such a fun and functional little tool. You can use it as a rubber stamp or use it to correct photos (color corrections, pimple remover, whatever!). You can use it to draw patterns too. Here's a layout that is from Lesson 1...

See the heart inside of the "O"??  Yep, that's a brush (used as a rubber stamp). So is the bracket and lines on the journaling card. (Colton looks a little vicious!!) And this is just the beginning...Jessica starts simple and ends advanced. You can read more about it on Jessica's blog.

Also this month, I've been working on trying to set up my photography business. I'm just in the beginning stages of this right now but I hope to be up and running soon. The business side is killing me!  I just want to take pictures...the fun part. Actually the business part won't be so bad once I get everything set up the way I want it but it's the setting up part I don't like. I did manage to get my logo designed (see the photos up above). That's one thing out of the way anyway!!  I'm also trying to decide if I want to just use this blog for my biz too or if I want to start one that's just photography.  It's hard enough to keep up with this one so for now especially, I'll use it for both.

Oh...and I haven't been totally non-crafty this month either!  I made this on July 4th...

Sorry for the bad photo...I took it with my iPod which isn't the best quality but it was handy. :)  I found the idea on Pinterest and bought the stuff a couple of months ago when I bought the stuff to make the flags for our Relief Society activity. Anyway, this is from Mama Says Sew.  It was super cute and pretty easy. I did get a hot glue gun burn on my finger that burned for days but it was worth it. ;) I think about the only thing I did different was to pull one of the burlap strings in each strip to gather it a little...I didn't sew a gathering stitch but just pulled one of the strings in the material.  You'll have to be careful if you do this!  Only pull it until you get to the middle and then follow it to the other end and pull it from that keep from pulling the string completely out which would totally defeat your purpose. ;)  I found the burlap at Hobby Lobby for $3.99/yd and got the frame there too. It was 1/2 price!  I didn't get one as big as the one she did but went a size down. It was a fun little project!

These are the wooden flags we did in Relief Society in May...

Once again and iPod picture. We found this idea off of Pinterest too. It was from Six Sisters' Stuff. You can get on their blog and trace it back with everyone's links to where the idea originated.  It's kind of interesting to see everyone's take on it. It's hard to see in this picture but the only sanding I did for the blocks was only enough to get rid of splinters. Then I painted them and sanded the edges again to give them that worn look.  I used walnut ink (Ranger's Distress Ink pad) and a sponge and rubbed the blocks with it...especially where I sanded it. I also painted over the stars (which came in yellow) and rubbed the ink on it too. The ribbon is some wired ribbon I found at Michael's. I actually hot glued my blocks together but they came apart after having to move them to church and people handling them. I haven't bothered to reglue since the ribbon is holding them together pretty good.

Well, I think I'm caught up on everything or most everything anyway! I'll try not to write a book the next time. :)

Friday, June 21, 2013

Photoshop Friday Returns

If you've ever spent any time at all on, then you know a favorite part of her site is Photoshop Friday. These are mini technique classes that are taught every Friday during a period of time. This summer there will be 13 of them! We've already had 3 covering extracting elements from patterned paper, making your journaling fit a certain shape, and making a 9-photo grid. You can check them out here. While you are there, check out this new FREE class. There are other new ones popping up too.

Since today was laundry day and my laptop was already downstairs, I worked on the first 3 Photoshop Friday classes (PSFs). It was hard to get used to this little screen...I'm used to a bigger monitor that I hook up with my laptop to have both screens going at the same time. I was without my Wacom tablet too. After working so long with a pen with all my keystrokes programmed in, I had a hard time remembering what they were. And also along those lines, I was trying to work on PSE 10 instead of CS5 and that got frustrating because some of the stuff I was trying to do couldn't be done in PSE so I gave up and went back to CS5. I managed to get all three done though!

This one is from Extract a Pattern:

and Shape Text:

and 9-photo Grid:

So if you have ever wanted to try digital scrapbooking, this is a good way to do it!  You get a free layered template with each class that already includes some elements on it. Pretty much everything else is drag and drop unless it's the technique that's being taught. :)

Stinkin' buzzer just went off on the dryer. Happy scrappin'! 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Week 4=Craziness

As you can guess by the title, week 4 of this year wasn't exactly calm and this week really hasn't been much better--not necessarily bad craziness but the timing of some of it could've been a whole lot better. So far this has been our January for illnesses. We haven't had one in awhile so I guess we were due. Brannon was home sick most of last week except for a few ill attempts at going back to work (get it...ill attempts?? I crack myself up sometimes!). Most of what he wanted to eat came from McDonald's...he hates it any other time. I now think of it as PukeDonald's...can only take so much of that stuff! Since last Monday was Martin Luther King Day, the kids were home for school which added up to some more craziness.  Saturday, we finally got the toilet fixed in the kids' bathroom so we don't have to share with them anymore.  I also got the boys' room cleaned up...FINALLY! They could have been featured on an episode of Hoarders it was so bad. I'm not even going to tell you how much trash I pulled out of there! How hard is it to use a stinking trash can anyway??

Sunday started off deceivingly calm. Caden cooperated when we were getting ready and was fairly calm at church. I was called to be the Assistant Cubmaster for the Cub Scouts and Caden was actually excited about it.  I am too honestly. At first, I thought they had to be kidding but the more I thought about it, the more excited I was.  Colton had an "It's Great to be 8" fireside so he could learn about baptism. He'll be 8 in least he says he will. I don't think there's any way possible he's already that old but he swears he is. And then we get home. The refrigerator decided it's had a long enough life and is now on it's deathbed. We'll put it out of it's misery tonight and tomorrow the new one should get here. I didn't even have to set it on fire like I did the oven (I still stand by my it-was-an-accident story). It'd been nice if it could've gone out a few years ago or even lasted another year or two but it just wasn't meant to be.  We've helped extend it this week by putting a lot of ice bags in there to help keep it cool enough to not ruin the food. And we have a couple of ice chests too. I've been using the freezer too since it's more of a cooler's barely freezing if at all.

The first part of this week was really the 70's!  I was going to do some photos for some friends but last week kind of caught up to me and I was afraid I was getting sick and then Ali ended up staying home on Tuesday (yes, I'm very aware of my extremely large run-on sentence ;) ). Then Tuesday was stormy and the rest of the week has been cold. I'm so ready for spring!!!

I got last week's Project Life done (again only 2 photos so mostly journaling...have to get better about the photos!). I also finished Digi-in-Deeper from Here are the layouts...

Project Life:

Digi-in-Deeper (Lesson 12):

I also got a banner made for Valentine's Day using last week's free shape (I think it was last week) from Silhouette.  I forgot to take a picture of it so I'll try to do that later today. It turned out really cute!

Off to make something else....

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Quick Layout

Just real quick...I made this page this morning using one of Tiffany Tillmans's templates (you can get it by signing up for her newsletter at Simply Tiffany) and the kit you get for signing up at P&Co. Brannon's home sick again so I'm trying to avoid the germs by staying in my craft room. :)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


I don't know about your house but cooties have been flying left and right here! It started off with Ali getting a stomach virus on Thursday and staying home from school Thursday and Friday.  She was feeling a little better on Saturday.  Some friends from Utah were in town so we went with them and a few other friends to dinner. Caden was HORRIBLE! And he brought Colton down with him. I'm not even going to go into what all they did but it'll be awhile before they get to go to another restaurant! I can only imagine what everyone thought.  We did try getting on them but once Caden gets going, you can't stop him no matter what.  At least we were back in a private room but still! Anyway, when we got home, he Caden decided it was his turn to get sick. We didn't even see that one coming considering how he was before. I've been getting touches of it off and on but never like they did.  Colty has a little bit of a cold and Brannon ended up staying home from work today because he was sick.  I AM SICK of the cooties! Saturday ended up being a nice 65 degree day so I had the windows open trying to air out the house. Lysol stockholders need to thank me for using their product so much too. You're welcome! ;)

On a brighter note, I got another calling at church.  I was released as the Relief Society secretary and now will be on the committee for Relief Society activities.  I liked being the secretary and loved everyone I worked with but I am ready for a break.  I did that for 3 years so it was time for a change. Of course, since Caden was sick, I didn't get to be there for the changes.

Even when he's sick, Caden is pretty creative! He invented a new Batman vehicle and built it out of Legos.

He made me take pictures and post them on Facebook and Instagram and then kept making me check it to see if any of my friends liked it. He was soooo excited when someone did!

I got a couple of more Project Life spreads done too. I'm really liking this! I bought more templates from Becky Higgin's today but don't you dare tell Brannon! :)  I really want to get the rest of the core kits. I have Clementine but I really like the rest of them too.  I don't want my whole book to look exactly the same for 52 weeks.  I've been incorporating other scrappy supplies too.

So here's Week 2...

and Week 3...

And since Saturday was so warm, I managed to get some pictures of the kids!  You can see a few of them on the Week 3 layout.  I really like how they turned out.  Turns out all I had to do to be happier with my pictures was to learn Lightroom!  Wish I had learned that a lot sooner!!  I do most of the main edits in LR, export them as .psd files into a folder on my EHD, and then finish up in Photoshop.  Sounds way more complicated than it is. :)

Well, my kids neglected to come with mute buttons so it's up to me to go quiet them down before Brannon gets woke up.  Uggghhhh...too late!!!  Bye!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Project Life 2013

I just finished taking Digital Project Life at  I've been wanting to try it for awhile but didn't really know how to get started...not sure why I had such a mental block on it. Jessica is about to make it a self-paced class so if this is something you are interested in, you can still take it pretty soon.  I'm hoping that I can get caught back up with my scrapbooking. The last couple of years have been a little hard dealing with my miscarriages and I just wasn't in the mood for much of anything...I've done a few pages but nothing much.  A few weeks ago Colton told me he wished I'd add some to his books and last week he told me he missed the days when we would craft together.  He loves to help!  So it's time I get started with it again.  And I'm working more on my photography too. Hope to make it a business this year!!

I have my PL title page done and will work on the 2nd week today (with any luck at all). I used Becky Higgins' Clementine Edition and some supplies we got in class plus some supplies from various designers I just have in my stash. Now that I see how much fun and how easy PL is I wish I'd stocked up on all the kits while they were at JessicaSprague!!  Becky has opened up her own digi store at AC Digitals so you can still get them there or find the already printed traditional kits at Amazon...just do a search for Project Life and you'll find TONS!

And thanks to my friend Mechelle whose pictures I stole off of Facebook since I didn't take any. :)